Change begins with safety

Children arrive at Boys Ranch with struggles and hurts, often through no fault of their own. They need a place to learn healthy behaviors and coping skills or a chance to recover a lost childhood, school credits or family bonds. They need the chance to become healthy and learn how to succeed in the future.

Children at Boys Ranch receive a safe place to live and ultimately to thrive — a home.

A place to call home

A model for the future

There are 28 houses on campus that typically house up to 9 children, sorted by age, gender and plan of service. Every home has two sets of trained houseparents, with one couple acting as the primary set.

Every home has a unique atmosphere depending on the young people and houseparents who live in it, but each house models a traditional American home with a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room. Some children have their own rooms, but depending on needs, some children have roommates.

Homelife is more than just eating and sleeping: At Boys Ranch, homelife includes spending time together, taking care of the home and eating meals as a home, celebrating birthdays and major holidays, and going on outings and vacation.

A glimpse at a typical Day

Creating Consistent schedules & expectations

At Boys Ranch, youth can expect consistency in their schedules. When children know what to expect each day, they feel more secure and in control.

A normal day begins with getting ready for school, a healthy breakfast either in their home or at our dining hall, and then heading off for their day at one of three schools on campus within the Boys Ranch Independent School District.

When school is over, house parents help youth get to their selected activities, such as sports, clubs or one of our many Experiential Learning Program areas. Other afternoon and evening activities include helping prepare and then eating the home meal together. Often children play games in the homes, go on walks with their houseparents or toss a ball around.

Children at Boys Ranch are too busy to be bored!

When our young people have free time, they can enjoy many of the amenities on campus, such as fishing at one of our ponds, swimming in the indoor pool, climbing at the rock gym, bowling at the activity center or playing video games with friends.

On weekends, houseparents lead residents in recreational activities like attending school sporting events, going shopping in nearby communities, creating crafts or even popping a big bowl of popcorn to watch a movie together as a home. On Sundays, every Boys Ranch resident attends chapel services to learn about God’s love.

Example Schedules

School Year

Before 8 a.m.: Eat breakfast and get ready for school.

8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.: School with lunch normally served at the dining hall.

3:35 to 5:30 p.m.: After-school activities like sports, clubs, homework, downtime, Experiential Learning, or spending time with friends and housemates.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dinner as a home and cleanup.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Free time and prepare for bed.

8:30 p.m.: Lights out.


Before 8 a.m.: Eat breakfast and get ready for school or other daily activities.

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Attend Summer School, Recreational Programs or Experiential Learning with lunch normally served at our dining hall.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dinner as a home and cleanup.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Free time, chores and prepare for bed.

8:30 p.m.: Lights out.

Who is a Houseparent?

A Supportive Guide

Houseparents are arguably one of the most important mentors within our community. Within each home, trained houseparents provide daily supervision and support to the children in their home. From helping with homework, overseeing chores and providing meals, our houseparents help create a family-like atmosphere within the home.

Houseparents support our youth by helping them prepare for their day, making sure they are ready for school, coordinating travel to extracurricular activities and preparing home meals.

Keeping siblings close

cultivating family bonds

At Boys Ranch, we work to keep siblings and families together. Research shows that a child with intact family bonds has a better chance of overcoming struggles.

Often, Boys Ranch can welcome more than one sibling. The living situation for each child varies depending on that child’s needs and plan of service. Siblings who are the same gender and close in age might be able to live in the same home. Siblings of different genders live in different houses. No matter the living situation, though, children are allowed and encouraged to spend time with their siblings.

In fact, we have special evenings specifically created for siblings to spend time together.

In 2018, Fischer Home had the unique opportunity to home three sets of sibling boys. The below video takes a special look at that experience.

Visit Boys Ranch

Guests are welcome at Cal Farley’s historic Boys Ranch campus. We are  located at the site of Old Tascosa, a pioneer town where the likes of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett walked its dusty streets.

Since 1939, though, it has served a much different purpose. On land once known for gun fights and barroom brawls, Cal Farley’s residents learn the value of integrity, perseverance and faith in God.

All visits begin at Boys Ranch Headquarters, where guests must first check in. The safety of our residents is our first priority, so guests 18 and older will be asked to present their driver’s license or photo ID.


Monday to Friday
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Tour reservations are requested, but not required.

Tour Highlights

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